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Poster: caspersvapors Date: May 2, 2008 2:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Cryptical Envelopment

the most logical explanation for dropping Cryptical from the mix is they probably wanted to be able to freely segue into the Other One, it just makes 2nd sets more fluid when they can just jam into another song.

This also explains why the probably dropped Weather Report Suite, they just wanted to be able to go straight into Let It Grow.

I wish sometimes they still both those intros though. I dont see why the had to drop it all together. They couldve started 2nd sets with a cryptical or weather report, ya know?

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: May 2, 2008 2:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Cryptical Envelopment

I have a book with an interview with Jerry. He is asked why he dropped Cryptical and he said it was hard to sing (?) & he didn't care for the song (which he wrote by the way). Your guess is as good as mine.

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 2, 2008 6:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Cryptical Envelopment--top five for me.

Right--Over the years, I have come across at least two comments by Jerry to that effect (it got harder and harder for him to sing it). I think that makes sense. As simple as it seems, when you listen to the early versions, he is only "on" in a handful. I cannot even bring myself to listen to the versions that were "brought back" so many years later.

The Eleven was another with difficult vocals. I don't know squat about what it takes to sing particular songs well, and what makes a given song hard to sing, but those two, Eleven and CE, strike me as two that are very difficult to do spot on. I have listened to virtually all of the 68-70 versions of the two and those with great vocals are few and far between.

I think that in spite of the observation that the boys let Donna sing (ie, if you buy into the view that she was "bad" and they didn't tell her because they didn't care, didn't notice, etc.), there is abundant evidence that they did regularly drop songs that they felt they could no longer sing or play well, for whatever reasons.